https://www.thespruce.com Volunteer Etiquette Guidelines BY DEBBY MAYNE Updated 04/12/18
Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been volunteering for years, take stock of what you’re doing.
Here are some things you need to do if you want to do the best job:
- Volunteer with a good attitude. You’ve committed yourself to something that you’re passionate about, so put a smile on your face and show that you want to be there. You and everyone around you will be happier if you have a positive attitude.
- Be on time. If you have agreed to be somewhere at a designated time, show up on or before that time. Being late shows a lack of respect for others and can cause unnecessary stress on those who count on you.
- Dress appropriately. The place where you volunteer probably has some sort of dress code. Whether you are doing physical work or performing office tasks, wear something that suits the occasion. If the organization you’re volunteering for has a T-shirt or name tag, wear it.
- Follow the rules. Chances are, someone has given you a list of rules, either in writing or verbally. Do your very best to follow them because they’ve been established for a reason. Periodically go over your job description. If you don’t have a written one, ask your supervisor how you’re doing and whether or not you’re meeting expectations.
- Do the best job you can. What you do as a volunteer reflects your character and how much you care about the cause. If you find that you have lost your passion, let your supervisor know so she can remind you why you were there in the first place or find someone to replace you.
- Get along with others. You don’t have to agree with other volunteers or the staff, but you can find a way to get along with everyone. After all, it’s a team that’s supposed to be committed to something worthwhile.
- Acknowledge others. As you would with a paid job, pat others on the back for a job well done and never take credit for someone else’s ideas or hard work.
- Communicate. If you see something that the volunteer coordinator needs to know about, let her know as soon as possible. Or if you have a better idea for a way to get the work done more efficiently, it will benefit the cause to share your thoughts.
- Be discreet. While volunteering, you may see or hear private information that no one else needs to know. Keep it to yourself. Never trash talk or gossip about anyone you come into contact with at the organization.
- Be flexible. You may be actively doing your assigned job when you notice something else that needs to be done. Don’t hesitate to do whatever it is, unless it’s against the policy of your organization.